On the Road with You + ME*

Weddings often come with moving; one person moving in to another’s place, moving together to a new home, or relocating after the wedding. Why not take advantage of the summer months to take a road trip with your wedding photographers to get some travel-inspired engagement shots that you can use for a moving announcement after the wedding? For these shots, we took the ever-adorable Lauren and her equally cute boyfriend Aaron out of the city for the day with the lovely and talented ladies from Moss & Isaac, and ended up with a collection of on-the-road photos.

[images from Moss & Isaac]

We used photoshop to create a moving announcement postcard–we’ve provided a blank back for you (download it here!) to either edit using Photoshop or Illustrator or to write your new address on with good old fashioned pen and ink (or a rubber stamp!). You can even use an online printer such as greenerprinter.com to have your favorite photo printed on the front, and our download on the back. You’ve got so much else on your plate planning a wedding; cross the moving announcement off your list!- Miya & Elisabeth

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You + ME*: Downloadable favors

Want to print some of these for your own wedding?  The ladies of You + ME* have you covered…download the PDF here or click on the image above.  Go forth and be charitable!

[downloadable PDF by You + ME* Lifestylists]

The downloadable PDF in this article is free for personal use only,  not for commercial use.  Thanks.

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You + Me* DIY: Stop-motion packaging

When we were thinking of how to deliver the video, sending an email with a link seemed way too informal, but sending an over-produced package didn’t seem right, either. The solution? A DIY sleeve made to look (and work) like a record sleeve. We’ve provided a pattern for you so you can design your own jacket, along with a blank record so you can put in your own text. It could be super cute to use a custom stamp kit (kind of like these business cards or this wedding invitation suite over at design sponge), or hire a calligrapher to write out your names and the date of your wedding, then use that on the jacket and record. We opted for a transparent envelope with a wrap-around label so that the picture of Mike and Amber would show through, but you could also use any other 5″ square envelope. After you’re done designing, the assembly is easy. Cut out your “record jacket” with an exacto knife (be sure you use a sharp one, or you’ll get kind of fuzzy edges like I did) and ruler, and score the lines between the flaps and the front of the jacket. Fold with a bone folder (to make your creases nice and crisp), and glue the flaps to the back of the jacket. Use the record template to customize the template that comes with your cd labels. The possibilities are endless! If you’re stuck, Trent Bailey and You + ME* offers custom packaging design along with stop motion save the dates.

Download the templates here:

Record graphic

CD packaging

Label sheet

[images from Trent Bailey]

Trent Bailey and You + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride

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You & Me

Such a sweet sentiment broken down into the basics…from Etsy seller Teconlene.

[image from Teconlene]

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You + Me* DIY: Updated ribbon bouquet

What do you think of when you see a paper plate? If you’ve attended enough wedding showers, it’s possible that a bow-covered monstrosity pops in your head. We’re not knocking a longstanding tradition, but we thought maybe there was room for an update to this classic bridal shower activity.

Before we offer the DIY details, we should share the ground rules we set for ourselves. First, no crazy supplies. Considering it’s often difficult enough track down a paper plate once the present opening begins, we didn’t want to add chicken wire, knitting needles, and a hot glue gun to the mix. Second, the updated bouquet couldn’t be more time consuming to make than the traditional paper plate version. Wedding related activities tend to take approximately 3.4 times longer than regular activities (it’s a scientifically proven fact!). The last thing we want to do is relegate bridesmaids to some sort of bow tying sweatshop in service to the perfect ribbon bouquet. Finally, the bouquet couldn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a bouquet made out of ribbons for goodness sake—let’s keep it fun!

You will need:

– tape (Japanese masking tape like this makes it prettier, but isn’t necessary)

– scissors (tearing neatly also works in a pinch)

– wrapping paper (regular paper or construction paper also work)

– various ribbons and bows


Have your tape and scissors ready when the gift opening begins. Once you have a piece of wrapping paper, cut a square with sides approximately 6- 8 inches long. (The squares don’t have to be the same size; in fact, it’s better if you get a little variety in their sizes.) Roll the square into a cone shape, making sure to leave enough space to string a ribbon through on the bottom, and secure with a piece of tape. Do the same with other pieces of wrapping paper until you have about 10-12 cones [hint:this can also be done in advance].

Begin feeding ribbons through the cones, so each one has a ribbon hanging from the bottom [hint: since you have multiple cones instead of just one plate, each person can even be responsible for making one out of their own wrapping]. If the ribbon isn’t long enough to make it through the top of the cone, tie a knot in it, so it doesn’t slip through the bottom. Add bows to the top of the cone, either by tying or taping them.

Arrange the ribbon cones as you would flowers in a bouquet. Once they are assembled, wrap tape around the “stems” from the bottom to about ¾ of the way up the cones. Now show off all your hard work to the bride to be, and with the time you saved, focus your attention on winning those shower games!

No weekly wrapup from me this week…with the move taking over my life, I haven’t even had a chance to check out my fav blogs!  Enjoy the weekend and happy halloween!

[image from Trent Bailey Photography]

Trent Bailey and YOU + Me* are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride

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